Four Real Madrid fans fined for displaying Nazi symbols at soccer match

Members of Spanish team's radical "Ultras Sur" group fined 3,000 Euros, banned for 6 months for flashing Nazi symbols.

Soccer fans hold up Nazi swastika flag 370 (photo credit: REUTERS)
Soccer fans hold up Nazi swastika flag 370
(photo credit: REUTERS)
MADRID - A Spanish government commission has imposed fines of 3,000 euros ($4,100) each on four Real Madrid fans who displayed Nazi symbols at last month's La Liga match against city rivals Atletico at Real's Bernabeu stadium.
The four were members of the radical "Ultras Sur" group and the symbols displayed including a swastika and the German word "Totenkopf", a reference to the Nazis' SS paramilitary organization, according to an official who asked not to be identified by name.
Real, who lost the match 1-0, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The fine of 3,000 euros for the four fans, who were not named and were also banned from sporting venues for six months, was the same as the sanction given to another spectator who shone a laser at Atletico coach Diego Simeone during the game, according to an Interior Ministry statement.
The punishments were imposed by Spain's commission against violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sport.